Full-Time Executive Director
The Door County Land Trust (the Land Trust) is a 35-year-old non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to preserve and protect Door County’s exceptional lands and waters forever. Door County is part of the peninsula that extends 70 miles into Lake Michigan northeast from Green Bay, Wisconsin and includes several islands. It is an extraordinarily beautiful landscape that includes orchards, bays and harbors, boreal and hardwood forests, the Niagara escarpment and a large internationally recognized wetland area. It is a popular vacation and outdoor recreation area.
Since the Land Trust’s inception in 1986, it has worked to preserve, maintain and enhance lands that contribute significantly to the scenic beauty, open space and ecological integrity of Door County. In pursuit of this mission, the organization has earned a reputation as one of the Midwest’s premier conservation organizations. It has worked with scores of landowners to protect more than 8,800 acres of fields, forests, farmlands, wetlands and shoreline.
The Door County Land Trust seeks an accomplished leader who demonstrates a passion for the organization’s mission and an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the work of land trusts and the challenges they face. The successful candidate will exhibit exceptional personal integrity, a commitment to ethical conduct in all transactions and interactions with others, and respect for Board, staff, environmental advocates and policy leaders, governmental officials, donors, and other stakeholders.
The Door County Land Trust seeks a leader who is ready to join the Board and staff to lead the Land Trust in pursuing new strategic goals in land protection, recreation and stewardship through a proven ability in strategic leadership, fundraising, staff management and development, collaborative ventures, and constituency building.
The ideal candidate will have a background that includes experience in strategic vision, and the ability, working with staff and the Board, to develop and implement long- and short-term strategic plans to take the organization to the next level. Successful fundraising experience that includes securing major gifts and cultivating individual donors is highly preferred.
Candidates should be both strong and effective leaders and careful listeners with a commitment to fostering broad diversity and inclusion among the organization’s staff, supporters and volunteers and in the use and enjoyment of the Land Trust’s properties. The candidate will have experience and the ability to foster a collaborative and welcoming work environment in leading and working with a competent, accomplished staff. The candidate will also have a keen ability to develop, maintain and enhance strong positive and productive relationships with partners, community leaders, supporters and volunteers.
A genuine and authentic connection to nature and the outdoors and an interest and willingness to learn about new subjects and develop new skills is required. The ideal candidate will have a good sense of humor and contagious delight in experiencing the wonders of nature.
Candidates with executive level achievement in the fields of conservation, environmental education, advocacy, policy, law and/or related fields are encouraged to apply. Experience in land conservation or environmental education or protection for at least five years is preferred. Non-profit management experience is desired but not required.